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Why I was nervous about ‘Which councils are best at adult social care?’

Our top ten councils for adult social care analysis was the cover story of the MJ five weeks ago, and despite being somewhat nervous beforehand, I've been really pleased with the response.

April 2, 2019

3 Key lessons about relationships in social work

Social workers play a vital role in achieving better outcomes for individuals and on World Social Work Day we have an extra reason to celebrate social work. I have been working with social workers in one local authority and have taken away some key lessons about relationships in social work.

March 19, 2019

Guest Blogpost: ‘Social Workers make a significant difference in peoples’ lives’

Jacky Yates is Head of Older Adults and Adult Support, and Principal Social Worker, at Ealing Council. On the occasion of World Social Work Day, we asked Jacky to tell us about why it is important, what Ealing are doing to celebrate and her future aspirations for social work.

March 19, 2019

A plea to councils: put behaviour change at the heart of transformation

I joined the LGA’s ‘Behaviour Change’ conference this week. I was there to share our impact in Ealing through the Better Lives programme, and in particular how applied behavioural science has led to a massive 39% reduction in referrals from the front door to adult social care teams.

March 14, 2019

6 tips for delivering successful Primed Performance

IMPOWER's Primed Performance Management approach focuses on reconnecting the workforce both to their moral purpose and to the need to deliver measurable results. I want to set out a bit more detail about how we achieve this.

March 11, 2019

Coverage of ‘council sell-offs’ doesn’t tell the whole story

Losing social landmarks need not be a disaster - bricks and mortar don't deliver outcomes by themselves

March 7, 2019

5 reflections on NLGN’s (excellent) Annual Conference

Yesterday I attended the New Local Government Network (NLGN) Annual Conference at the Guildhall in the City of London. The venue may have been old, but the emphasis was decisively on the new.

February 27, 2019

Challenging local authorities to promote LGBT fostering

LGBT History Month is an ideal time to reflect on a number of issues that still disproportionately affect people in the LGBT community. One area very worthy of attention is fostering.

February 26, 2019

How to turbocharge the commissioning cycle

To date councils have mainly focused on managing demand at the front door through strengths-based conversations with clients. While this has an impact, the extent of it may be limited unless it is accompanied by a focus on commissioning the local market in a way which promotes independence.

February 21, 2019

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